Awkward heron abandons shallow pond,
strides through wetland chaparral.
With tweezering beak, stabs
fleeing insects, uncovers grubs.
Like a misplaced, azure apparition,
he haunts meadow, coyote bush flats.
Dog walkers cede his sovereignty,
avoid interruption, stick to civilized trail.
Intent on alfresco dining,
big bird placidly forages.
Sated, he hauls himself
aloft into cold winter air.
By Jennifer Lagier
Jennifer Lagier has published thirteen books, taught with California Poets in the Schools, co-edits the Homestead Review, helps coordinate Monterey Bay Poetry Consortium readings. Newest books: Scene of the Crime (Evening Street Press), Harbingers (Blue Light Press), Camille Abroad (FutureCycle Press). Forthcoming: Like a B Movie (FutureCycle Press, 2018). Website: jlagier.net Facebook: www.facebook.com/JenniferLagier/ Photo by the author.